Synopsys Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
465 Reviews

3.8
465 Reviews
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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Pros
  • Provides a good work/life balance, mostly an un-stressed work environment (in 66 reviews)

  • The work environment is exciting and there are a bunch of new challenges every week (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • gt;) Limited opportunities for growth (in 12 reviews)

  • There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation but limited mobility

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Compensation is good and yearly bonus seems to be something that can be expected. Job security appears to be quite high with only occasional house cleaning.

    Cons

    Don't count on any raises. If you are in the U.S., don't expect your team to grow locally. Almost all new hires are in India or China. Expect to be available for meetings outside of normal working hours. Expect cultural challenges. Opportunities arise based on who you know not what you know or how good you are. In some organizations, specific ethnicity is a plus,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of people in the U.S. The engineering culture in the U.S. really is different from the rest of the world. With the economy improving, expect people to seek other opportunities,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed a colleague friendly work environement. Business execution processes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice friendly people and some talented researchers. Top management has clear directions. Moderate benefits and time-off policies.

    Cons

    Mid level management tends to have little leadership and insufficient perspectives. Outdated business tracking systems. Stable, maybe too stable, little fluidity to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication across layers of management to be stressed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are a small nail inside a ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff CAE  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff CAE in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Relatively stable and good work-life balance

    Cons

    1) Promotion is a secret unless being promoted to management position
    2) Low upward mobility due to non-volatile management chain
    3) Annual salary increase slightly above inflation but below national average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company has doubled in valuation and became industry leader in recent years. Reward your employees accordingly; Understood christmas shutdown was needed during tough economy situation 2-3 years ago; but continuing christmas shutdown when stock is all time high and arguing it's due to employees' request is not ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Account Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    #1 EDA provider with large portfolio to sell from.
    Great work-life balance.
    Opportunities to change job/role within company. Synopsys will hire internally before hiring external candidates. Once you are in, you can stay there until retirement.
    Opportunity to work with some of the smartest R&D architect in the industry.

    Cons

    Aging company and sales force.
    R&D driven company.
    Personal politics and goals get on the way of business growth.
    Slow to make decision - DNA is built consensus and not empower people to make their own decisions.
    Easy to "fly under the radar" and do a minimum work (I understand this can be seen as a pros for some people!!).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place but not for those who want to advance their careers

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    Former Employee - Staff R&D Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff R&D Engineer

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice and talented people to work with. Good work-life balance. Job security is good because of it's dominant position in the market.

    Cons

    EDA itself is kind of a niche market. Not much good opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics, more transparent and direct communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company - great people, great technology, but not a lot of room for personal growth or advancement.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Tenured staff, solid products, good culture where employees are valued, minimal politics, Employees have been there a long time because it's a good place to work where one can balance personal and professional life. They have a leadership position in many of their products and when they make a customer commitment, they live up to it.

    Cons

    There is very little opportunity for advancement or growth. People at Synopsys stay in their roles forever and there is very little that changes from an organizational perspective. Sometimes the company's overly conservative culture limits creativity and out of the box thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and promote from within. Rotate assignments so employees can gain new experience, increase their contribution, and enrich their careers. We do a global employee survey every two years but nothing ever seems to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but.......

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    Former Employee - Sales Planning Analyst  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Planning Analyst in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable company, leaders in the EDA space. Solid benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Nobody really knows who Synopsys is and what they really do except for those directly involved in the EDS industry. No opportunity for upward career path growth outside the R&D/Engineering teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could do a better job by being more involved with their teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    best effort working environment, good for time life balance, good for parents, good for community work entheusists, good for Yoga lovers, gym lovers

    Cons

    compensation not based on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tie compensation to performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for. But, the EDA industry is not doing well as a whole.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work at your own style. Not a lot of processes to bind you down.

    Cons

    Your strengths may not be leveraged. Your aspirations may not even be noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be compassionate about the employee's aspirations. Need to grow the people; not just pay them to get the work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    stable company with limited upside

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    stable with small resource adjustment periodically
    work schedule is predictable, rarely have to work on weekends

    Cons

    no upward mobility - the industry is not growing, so limited opportunities for promotions
    salary raises and stock options are difficult to get

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